ECCI Announces 16 Smart Accelerator projects

25 September 2014

The 16 Smart Accelerator projects supported by the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation took part in a knowledge share and networking event at ECCIl.

The ERDF Smart Accelerator brings together and acts as a catalyst for smart city and sustainable island projects -taking them from ‘good ideas’ to investment-ready packages.

Dr. Andy Kerr, Director, ECCI, said: “The Smart Accelerator supports these 16 projects by providing advice and practical support, ranging from funding, management, marketing and communications, to industry, academic and international expertise.

“We have a balanced portfolio of projects covering a mix of low-carbon areas and spread across Scottish towns, cities and island communities.

“One of the main aims of yesterday’s event was to bring these projects together to meet one another, to develop relationships and create personal networks.”

Similar follow-up events will be held in January and March 2015.

Ed Craig, Head of Enterprise and Innovation at the ECCI, added: “One of the key things we hope will emerge from the Smart Accelerator is for these projects to develop ‘global replicability’; which can be built and exported from Scotland.”

Presentations were provided by, among others, Felix Wight from Community Energy Scotland which is collaborating with Western Isles Council on a Low Carbon Hub in Stornoway, which aims to identify fresh opportunities for hydrogen production and use in the islands and to increase local renewable energy generation and storage.

The Tay Eco Valley project in Perthshire aims to install a heat-exchange in the River Tay to provide low-cost energy to a nearby business park, local schools and nearby homes.

In the new town of Shawfair, a development just off the Sheriffhall roundabout on the city bypass in Edinburgh, Buccleuch Estates aims to tap into geo-thermal heat-transfer energy via the disused Monktonhall coal mines. While an Arran-based, sustainable harbours project plans to capture the  potential wave and tidal energy in the Arran Harbour - demonstrating clean energy in a harbour environment which could be implemented in small harbours around Scotland.

The eight smart city, three sustainable island and five smart mobility projects are: 

  • The Green Transport Hub (That Friday Feeling)

  • Falkirk Wheel Green Refurbishment  (Scottish Canals)

  • Linlithgow Community Energy (Linlithgow Natural Grid)

  • Residential Thermal Imaging (Aberdeen Council)

  • Shawfair Low Carbon New Town (Buccleuch Property)

  • Intelligent Street Lighting (Glasgow Council)

  • The Mobility Integration Living Lab (Dundee Council)

  • Tay Eco Valley (Perth & Kinross Council)

  • Orkney Electric Future  (Orkney Council)

  • Stornoway Low Carbon Hub (Community Energy Scotland with

  • Western Isles Council)

  • Sustainable Harbours (Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL)

  • Demand Responsive Transport Integration – Transport Scotland

  • Smart Corridor (Arup Group) Smart City Mobility IQ – IBI Group

  • Mobility Scheduling and Optimisation (Route Monkey)

  • Simply Connect – Sustainable Environment Ltd.


For more information contact Smart Accelerator marketing lead Siobhan Dunn: